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Comment: IBM scrollpoint (Score 1) 419

by wiredlogic (#48895943) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

The original variant of the optical IBM/Lenovo scrollpoints are really nice and have a separate third button above the XY scroll saddle. Bonus points for having a two axis scroller that is hard to slip off when pressing left or right and being symmetric for ambidextrous use. The later models fail by putting the third button on the side.

Comment: Re:Better Link (Score 1) 190

by wiredlogic (#48893637) Attached to: WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

could be opening themselves up to legal action.

Does anyone have a contract with WhatsApp to provide guaranteed services? No. They provide a free service and have the right to do anything they want with it.

Locking out apps that don't meet their requirements is a perfectly reasonable thing to do. Blocking users outright is heavy-handed but none of them paid a dime to use the software and have no basis for a lawsuit.

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 321

There's no such thing as "police powers" beyond the power to issue citations for civil violations which is a delegated authority from the executive. Otherwise, every citizen has equal right to uphold the law to enforce misdemeanors and felonies including pressing charges and making arrests.

Comment: Re:It all comes down to payroll (Score 1) 263

by wiredlogic (#48867785) Attached to: The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

The problem with an internal billing system is that a "cost center" department will have it's billing rate capped as an incentive to reduce costs. That is the easiest lever the MBAs have to make themselves look good. When the belt tightening begins the cap will be set below the level of sustainability. Then the department sheds workers and the brilliant MBAs get their bonus.

A failure will not appear until a unit has passed final inspection.